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Sambal Goreng Daging - Beef in Chili and Spice Paste

The most famous sambal goreng dish is probably sambal goreng hati, but I am not a big fan of liver or any other kind of entrails for that matter, so the next best thing (which to me is a huge step better :D) is to make sambal goreng daging with beef cubes. Our food tends to look a big glob of brown thing and sometimes I find it near impossible to convey just how yummy a dish really is, but trust me, this thing is really good. I have to stop myself from licking all the sauce that sticks to the spatula after transferring the beef to a serving plate. ♥

Sambal Goreng Daging - Beef in Chili and Spice Paste
Sambal Goreng Daging - Beef in Chili and Spice Paste

Sambal Goreng Daging - Beef in Chili and Spice Paste

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total Time: 2 hours

Serves: 8

Print Recipe


  • 800 gram beef shank (Indonesian: daging sengkel), , cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • tamarind liquid (1 1/2 tablespoon tamarind (Indonesian: asam Jawa) + 6 tablespoon water)
  • 500 ml water
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 2 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 100 ml thick coconut milk (Indonesian: santan kental)
  • 3 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 2 tablespoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 10 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 5 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 5 red chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 2 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds (Indonesian: biji ketumbar)
  • 3 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)


  1. Place beef cubes, bay leaves, tamarind liquid, and water in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, or until beef is tender. Drain and set the beef aside.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté beef cubes for 2-3 minutes. Remove beef from the frying pan and set aside.
  3. Add spice paste, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves to the frying pan and cook until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add coconut milk, sweet soy sauce, palm sugar, and salt. Mix well and bring to a boil.
  5. Return the beef to the frying pan, mix well, reduce heat and simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and serve immediately.
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  • Meywa Meywa says:

    Siang ini pasti bisa! Try memasak Rendang ^_^

  • Anny Ngantung Anny Ngantung says:

    it's not too bad for beginner like me. turn out pretty yummy. Thks

  • Fenny Fenny says:

    Hi Anita Your website is my lifesaver!! I refer to it every time I need to cook. Thank you so much for that :) For this beef recipe, can I use the pressure cooker to reduce the cooking time? Or do I better off cooking it longer for better taste? Thank you again!! 🙏

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Fenny, I don't own a pressure cooker, so I don't know if it will work or not. But you can always give it a try though, I don't think the taste will suffer much if using a pressure cooker.

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